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SonyVertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.2

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Durable (14)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Reliable (9)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (12)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Weddings (8)
  • Landscape photography (7)
  • Everyday (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6), Enthusiast (5), Professional (4), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Fit

This battery grip is great for my A7.
it has a really nice feel and really balances the camera for me since I switched from a Canon 5D MK II. the A7...Read complete review

This battery grip is great for my A7.
it has a really nice feel and really balances the camera for me since I switched from a Canon 5D MK II. the A7 felt a little too small and light at first without the grip and as soon as I put it on the A7 felt just right.
also, having double batteries for lengthening the power useage is a great option.
one awesome feature with this grip is it has a place to put your camera battery flap on the grip so you will never misplace it. the camera battery door/flap is alway with the grip so you can change it back and forth and not worry where the flap is.

only reason I gave it 4 stars is I wish it could except AA rechargeable for emergency power.
even with 2 Sony batteries you only have about 700 shots.
I love the grip.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for power, not so for handling.

The Sony Vertical Grip addresses the principal concern of most A7 users: poor battery life. With a second battery in there you at least have a chance in high volume shooting or extremely low...Read complete review

The Sony Vertical Grip addresses the principal concern of most A7 users: poor battery life. With a second battery in there you at least have a chance in high volume shooting or extremely low temperatures. The grip is designed for batteries to be loaded into a cartridge two at a time, though it will run on just one battery. The display in the camera will tell you how much charge is left in each battery and the cassette indicates which is #1 and which is #2 so there is no guess work involved if you have to change one. Although the overall construction is a little plasticky, the grip has excellent rubber coatings which make it feel very secure in your hands.

The downside is the ergonomic design. It looks like it was designed someone who makes kitchen utensils. While it feels more substantial and easier to hold than before, the addition of the Vertical Grip causes as many problems as it solves. Compared with the top panel of the A7, the alignment of the buttons on the Vertical grip is rather different. None of the major controls is in the same relative position. The control wheels are aligned differently and the shutter release is in a different place relative to them. The C1 button is even harder to access. The shape of the grip is completely different to that of the camera.

Of course, if you are one who prefers to use the top panel even in vertical format, this will not be a problem. For those of us who do it will be. I have always liked the way my old Canons handled in vertical format. My Olympus E-M1 leaves them for dead in the handling stakes. The Sony A7, while probably the best camera I have used, is a pig in this department and the grip isn't really an improvement.

That said, there is much to recommend it but with some reservations.

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1.0

Poor Quality

By Vladimir

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

I bought this at the same time I bought my Sony a7.  After a couple of years the battery tray will start to fall apart.  I've never had any problems with my 20+ year old Nikon vertical grips.

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4.0

good build quality

By jacksna

from Dallas TX

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

    It has good build quality and does not feel cheap. Would be nicer if you could charge the batteries with the usb vs having to remove each one and charge it though.

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    1.0

    Over time connection will separate/ camera reboots

    By David Schmaus

    from Dayton OHIO

    About Me Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

      We own 4 of these for each of our a7s. They have all done the same thing. Over time the connection becomes unstable and when you bump the camera or hold it the wrong way the camera reboots and the file that is being recorded become corrupt. Going to try to get my money back. Wish me luck

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      1.0

      Not for Me

      By GMJUSA

      from Pocatello, ID

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

          This grip was a big disappointment. Yes, it works but it does not feel good in my hands. While other manufacturers seem to make a real effort to create grips that somehow accommodate the human hand Sony seems to have forgotten this all important step. If you need a second battery I suggest you put one in your pocket. The A7 series cameras could use a good grip...but this isn't it.

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          • No

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          4.0

          It Works, but..

          By art54

          from Simsbury, Ct.

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

          Does what it's designed for. Holds two batteries and works great as a vertical grip. Unfortunately, it also greatly increases the wieght and size of the camera.

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good for power, not so for handling.

          By JD

          from Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Better Battery Life
          • Good Electronic Design
          • Positive Rubber Grips

          Cons

          • Poor Button Layout
          • Poor Ergonomics

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

            The Sony Vertical Grip addresses the principal concern of most A7 users: poor battery life. With a second battery in there you at least have a chance in high volume shooting or extremely low temperatures. The grip is designed for batteries to be loaded into a cartridge two at a time, though it will run on just one battery. The display in the camera will tell you how much charge is left in each battery and the cassette indicates which is #1 and which is #2 so there is no guess work involved if you have to change one. Although the overall construction is a little plasticky, the grip has excellent rubber coatings which make it feel very secure in your hands.

            The downside is the ergonomic design. It looks like it was designed someone who makes kitchen utensils. While it feels more substantial and easier to hold than before, the addition of the Vertical Grip causes as many problems as it solves. Compared with the top panel of the A7, the alignment of the buttons on the Vertical grip is rather different. None of the major controls is in the same relative position. The control wheels are aligned differently and the shutter release is in a different place relative to them. The C1 button is even harder to access. The shape of the grip is completely different to that of the camera.

            Of course, if you are one who prefers to use the top panel even in vertical format, this will not be a problem. For those of us who do it will be. I have always liked the way my old Canons handled in vertical format. My Olympus E-M1 leaves them for dead in the handling stakes. The Sony A7, while probably the best camera I have used, is a pig in this department and the grip isn't really an improvement.

            That said, there is much to recommend it but with some reservations.

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            5.0

            Noce addition for my Alpha 7s

            By Dave

            from Montreal, Canada

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

              Happy with purchase, adds extra body to the camera making it easiet to grip. Looks good as well. Quality build, will alow me to shoot twice as long without interruptions.

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              4.0

              Great piece of work towards the design

              By G man

              from South Pasadena, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                  Has a nice and soft grip that won't slip.

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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I choose the battery grip to shot video

                  By Pancho

                  from Santa Cruz, CA

                  About Me Getting Started

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use

                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                    I shoot family videos for more than forty five minutes

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Buy!!!!

                    By Britt

                    from Orange County,CA

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                        This is an amazing product and a must if you are going to get this camera. The battery life with this camera isn't that great and it always dies at the worst times...The Vertical Battery Grip has really saved me a few times! It also makes the camera a lot easier to handle

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                        (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Nice product for $99 not $300

                        By Mistah Vega

                        from Gainesville, Georgia

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio

                          Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                          Was sent back. After lusting for the A7 for over a year, I finally picked one up. I was very disappointed in the camera, especially compared to my Olympus OMD EM1. You will need more than one battery with the Sony A7.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect for balance and more

                          By BV

                          from New York

                          Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                          Perfect for balance and extra battery. Love it. A must for a7s.

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                          5.0

                          Awesome Product

                          By GaryWongPhotography

                          from Cleveland TN

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use

                            Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                            Got it for $ off and loving it!

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Extra Life

                            By THMfotography

                            from Texas

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Expensive

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Studio
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                            Due to the fact that the Sony A7 burns through battery power, this device is a must. It's a little pricy ($[$]apprx).

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Highly Recommended

                            By Tre

                            from Holly Springs, NC

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                              I actually bought two of these for both my A7 and A7R. Simply put it's not an optional accessory for me. It adds a bit more size but makes the camera more comfortable to hold in portrait or landscape orientation. They live on my cameras 95% of the time.

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                              4.0

                              Grips well, Dual battery reserve

                              By Karl

                              from Annapolis, MD

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                Provides great grip for the A7's. Helps support camera when using the zoom 70- 200mm lens and resting entire assembly on a flat surface. Having dual battery capability is great.Instructions on removing camera battery door incomplete (small door latch on inside must be compressed for door to come off or go on).

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                                5.0

                                A professionals "Must Have"

                                By Egill Bjarki

                                from Hong Kong

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                  If you rely on any of the A7 cameras in professional context, you need that extended battery life. I bought one grip for either my A7R or A7S depending on the conditions. A7S for lowlight and video, A7R for everything else.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect Fit

                                  By @MrMendez20

                                  from NYC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                    The battery grip just simply fits perfect. There's no give to it, nice an secure. Also makes holding the camera much better, especially with a bigger lens. A must have if you shoot often.

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                                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    One Major Flaw

                                    By JoeH

                                    from Hawaii

                                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                    Sony's vertical grip works great, long life for my night sky and star trail shots. The one thing, and only thing, wrong is to charge the dual batteries the grip must be removed and a single battery must be installed into the camera body to charge. The camera uses the dual batteries one at a time so it should be able to charge them the same way. There must be an external charger Sony is selling - I will have to check.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Perfect match for my Sony a7!

                                    By the cruzer

                                    from simi valley, ca

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Battery Doesn't Charge

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                      This is my 3rd DLSR camera and my 3rd battery grip. I don't use camera neck straps so when it comes down to holding my camera in my hand I want the feeling that it will not slip out. Using this grip accomplishes exactly that. It gives me a secure hold on my Sony a7 and lets me shoot with confidence. Of course having a second battery on board is great also.

                                      The only downside to this grip is that the batteries can't be charged while in the grip.

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